Dr Michelle Harrison

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Teaching Fellow in French and Francophone StudiesProfile photo.jpg

Department: Modern Languages

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2695

Email: mh384@le.ac.uk

Office: Room 1215, Attenborough Tower

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Personal details

Biography

I am a Teaching Fellow in French and Francophone Studies. I joined the University of Leicester in September 2013, having previously taught at the University of Liverpool during my PhD studies. I have also worked at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Chester, and Université Nancy 2 (France).

Currently, I am the academic coordinator of the Undergraduate Modern Languages Student and Staff Committee.

In 2018, I was awarded a University Distinguished Teaching Fellowship award in recognition of my commitment to providing excellence in teaching and student support.

Qualifications

  • PhD French Studies, University of Liverpool (PhD title: Managing France's Regional Languages: Language Policy in Bilingual Primary Education in Alsace)
  • MA French Studies, University of Liverpool
  • BA French and German, University of Liverpool
  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy

Publications

Edited volume

  • With A. Joubert, French Language Policies and the Revitalisation of Regional Languages in the 21st Century (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)

Chapters and journal articles

  • 'The influence of teachers' language attitudes on classroom practices in Alsace', in M. A. Harrison and A. Joubert (eds.) French Language Policies and the Revitalisation of Regional Languages in the 21st Century (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)
  • With A. Joubert, 'Introduction: Shifting dynamics in French language policies', in M. A. Harrison and A. Joubert (eds.) French Language Policies and the Revitalisation of Regional Languages in the 21st Century (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)
  • ‘Alsatian versus Standard German: Regional language bilingual primary education in Alsace’. Multilingua 35 (3) (2016): 277–303
  • ‘A Century of Changing Language Beliefs in Alsace’. Modern and Contemporary France 20 (3) (2012): 357–374

Book reviews

  • French Language Policy and the Multilingual Challenge: From Maastricht to an Enlarged Europe: A Study of Developments from 1992 to 2004 with Particular Reference to the Case of Gallo by John Shaun Nolan. Language Policy, 10, 1 (2011): 85–87
  • Rights, Promotion and Integration Issues for Minority Languages in Europe by Susanna Petrot, Tom M. S. Priestly and Colin H. Williams (eds). Language Policy, 9, 2 (2010): 183–185

Research

My field of research is sociolinguistics; although the specific case of minority language-in-education policy in Alsace (France) was at the centre of my doctoral research, I approached this in the context of the languages of France, and I have a broader interest in French national language policy and language policy regarding regional and minority languages. Currently, I am working on a linguistic landscape research project on the presence of Gujarati in the area of Leicester’s Golden Mile. I also have a research interest in minority language revitalisation and social/new media.

Teaching

I teach on the following modules:

  • FR1020 Beginners French I
  • FR1021 Beginners French II
  • FR2010 Second Year Modern French (written language)
  • FR2032 Introduction to French Linguistics
  • FR3111 Final Year Modern French (written language)
  • ML1006 Language and Society

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